Most, if not all of my writing is from a theistic perspective. I do hope that atheists do not feel excluded, and that instead everyone can feel the love inherent in these posts for everyone, with respect for the diversity of our beliefs. Moreover, we do have common ground. It is this common ground that I would like to explore here today.
In my experience, atheists have done an excellent job of rejecting a whole lot of terrible ideas about who God is. So, we actually share a lot of common ground. For instance, I refuse to believe in a patriarchal god, whom some people call “the man upstairs.” I do not believe in a judgmental god, nor a vengeful god, nor a god who is exclusive to any single religion.
We do, however, have more common ground than that between theism and atheism. Let’s explore that common ground with a few questions, if you will. Please join this quest for commonality either as a spiritual person, who does believe in spirit, or as an atheist, who does not believe in any sort of god as creator, or otherwise.
Do you believe in God? Whether you answer ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ I would like to ask you a few more questions, seeking a common ground.
Do you believe in consciousness? Have you ever experienced awareness or consciousness within yourself? Have you ever observed awareness or consciousness outside yourself? I believe we have all experienced consciousness, awareness, or conscious awareness in ourselves, and observed it in others. I believe we can all agree that consciousness is essential to human life.
And yet, I have to ask: Can we touch consciousness? Can we directly see consciousness? We find that we can neither touch nor directly see consciousness, although we may experience it as well as see the manifestations of it, whether at a brain level or through speech or action.
Do you believe in peace? Have you ever felt peace inside yourself? Have you ever experienced peace or peacefulness outside yourself, perhaps in nature or somewhere else? Do you believe in the importance of peace? I trust that the majority of humanity values peace, and prefers to feel some sense of peace inside themselves and would prefer to experience peace around themselves in both a physical and a mental sense.
Can we touch peace? Can we directly see peace? Again, we can neither touch nor see what we call peace, although we definitely value peace, both internally and externally.
Do you believe in love? Have you ever felt love inside yourself? Have you ever experienced love from someone else? Do you believe in the importance of love? Do you believe in the power of love?
And yet, can we touch love? Can we directly see love? With our five senses, it seems that we can neither touch nor see love, although we can feel love and experience the benefits of love. We can also see manifestations of love such as hugs and sharing and protecting and affirming one another.
So, indeed, we have a lot of common ground for some of the most important spiritual essences of life. I use the term ‘spiritual’ for consciousness, peace, and love, because these are all intangible yet essential and even revered qualities of life itself.
In the spiritual philosophy that I have come to understand through meditating, reading, and practicing energy healing, I have come to understand consciousness, peace, and love as qualities of the divine. So, if you have experienced consciousness, peace, and love, then you have experienced what I call ‘God.’ For me, conscious awareness is divine, peace is divine, and love is divine.
Whether or not you call any of these things divine or ‘god’ isn’t essential, but consciousness, love, and peace do matter. On that, I hope and trust that we have common ground.
May it be so!
Blessings of love and light to you,